How do you prepare your teen for surgery?
BEFORE THE SURGERY
Let your child speak privately with the doctors to answer their questions.
Explain what is going to be operated on, how and why.
Discuss the stages of the process, the places where you will be and the people with whom you will meet.
Respect his opinions and let him or her make decisions.
Take a tour of the pediatrics department with your teen. Encourage him to talk to the staff.
Tell your teen that you will be there to give company and support to him or her at all times.
Offer your help in anything your child needs.
Talk to him or her about your child feelings and fears.
DURING THAT DAY
Control your emotions and nervousness, stay calm and relaxed.
Accompany your child at all times as allowed.
If you need comfort, stay close to him, hold his hand, speak to him confidently, and motivate him to express himself.
DURING THE POSTOPERATIVE DAY
You will be taken with your child when the surgery is over. Your child will be sleepy, irritable, and restless.
When you're in the room, ask if siblings or friends can visit.
If it is a prolonged hospital stay, try to maintain your child's normal habits and encourage him or her to catch up on schoolwork during the hospital stay.